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Why the SOLE Food Movement is Failing

12. October 2010

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Why the SOLE Food Movement is Failing

A friend of mine sent me an article from a publication called Zocalo that reviews American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields by Rowan Jacobsen. I'm not going to review this title (you can read the one from the Zocalo here) nor am I going to pick on Jacobsen. I'm sure his book is an interesting take on terroir foods as he calls them, picking up where Pollan's Botany of Desire left off. What I am going to do is explain why I think this book represents another step backwards in gaining wider acceptance of SOLE foods.

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Book Review: The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson

30. March 2010

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Book Review: The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson

Few public health issues in American history have riled people quite like fluoride. Its story is replete with famous figures in American history, dramatic tales from the Manhattan Project, corporate cover-ups, redacted research, shattered careers of those that spoke against it's use and the tragedy at Donora in 1948. The tide that binds all these accounts together is a fascinating book called, “The Fluoride Deception” by Christopher Bryson. His work paints a picture with enough intrigue to be nominated for an Oscar but remains deftly aware of itself long enough to stay away from hyperbole – most of the time at least.

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Book Review: FoodSmart: Understanding Nutrition in the 21st Century

7. December 2009

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Book Review: FoodSmart: Understanding Nutrition in the 21st Century

The book FoodSmart: Understanding Nutrition in the 21st Century is a new title from award-winning author Diana Hunter that is designed to help navigate the complex world of nutrition. It explains basics like terminology and types of food with ease and, yet, is still able to present the various sides of much more complex topics like of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and what it means to be "organic" to a nutrition newbie. All and all, it's not a bad book, especially if you're just starting out in the world of nutrition and want a strong understanding of what is being talked about by everyone else. For me though, this book had its ups and downs.

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Book Review: The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

30. September 2009

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Book Review: The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

When looking for books about nutrition and eating, it's hard not to stumble up Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food. But this is not a review of those books. While both interesting and worth the a read by anyone nutrition-conscious, it is one of Michael Pollan's other books that is one of the best books I've ever read, and simply I cannot bring myself to discuss In Defense of Food or Omnivore's Dilemma when there is a more stunning work to be mentioned. Published in 2001, The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World is . It looks at the interplay between humans and plants. It's not a nutritional guide, it's an exploration of our own nature and, more importantly, the plants that exploit it.

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Book Review: Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink

26. August 2009

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Book Review: Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink

Upon searching for research for my last article about the social aspects of eating, I stumbled upon a book with a very intriguing title. It's called "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think", and is written by a nutritional scientist by the name of Brian Wansink. In one word: whoa. This book is simply great.

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Book Review: Safe Food by Marion Nestle

30. March 2009

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Book Review: Safe Food by Marion Nestle

In our continuing report on the state of food safety in 2009 America, we review Marion Nestle's authoritative work on the subject entitled, Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism. While the book debuted back in the early 2000's, we felt that, with the recent peanut butter scare, it was time to revisit this work – so let's start with a little hypothetical posturing in regards to peanut butter.

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Book Review: The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, MD

15. January 2009

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Book Review: The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, MD

Dr. Ravnskov, a founding member of the International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics, takes many positions against cholesterol and goes even further in his book, "The Cholesterol Myths" published by NewTrends Publishing. One part detective mystery, one part conspiracy theory, Ravnskov tears through piles of medical studies digging towards the "truth." His thesis is rather simple: cholesterol does not cause heart disease. We put emphasis on the word cause for good reason: Ravnskov's entire argument hangs on tearing apart the correlation-versus-causation dichotomy. For the most part, he succeeds but at a cost to his text.

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